Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Traveling to Idaho for my First Visit

I've never been to Idaho before. I never even drove through Idaho when I came to Washington from New Mexico! So I have no idea what it's like there. I hear they have potatoes, lots of them. I don't like potatoes and I am not sure they are good for dogs anyway. 

Here's Cristina and Jace. They are getting married on Friday.
I won't see the ceremony or have dinner at the reception.
I am a DOG!
So why, during a hot summer week, am I going to Idaho? Well, my Country Cousins are having a wedding. Cristina and Jace are getting married. It's at a big lake named Coeur d'Alene. And that's in Idaho. They are nice to us dogs... except they didn't invite us to the wedding or the reception. 

That's humans for you.... so inconsiderate of our feelings. Oh well.

It's a huge lake. I hope to go wading
But I do get to go and stay in a motel. So I'm packing. So far I have the La Quinta Hotel brochure (they always take dogs and don't charge extra), a map of the local dog parks, my food, my travel bed (uncomfortable as it is), my harness and leash and my bowls. Oh yes, I'm going to select just one special toy to take so I feel at home there.

Which toy should I take?
So what are my hopes for Idaho? I want to go to a beach and dip my paws in the lake. I love to wade. I don't know if I can swim but I'm not risking it. It might be too hot for a hike so I'll just sniff around one of the local dog parks.

And, when my owner is at the wedding, I'm going to watch MOVIES! I might start with "Hotel for Dogs." That sounds appropriate. And, I'll get some dog biscuits to snack on. 

Hopefully I will have fun in Idaho and I'll report back in a couple of days.

Love, Travelin' Cinnamon

Wordless Wednesday: What's This on the Discovery Trail?

While staying on the Long Beach Peninsula of WA, I saw many
unusual and weird things... here's one of them!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Is my coat shinier? Cinnamon tries a dog supplement #SomaPet

I didn't know what to think when I received the sample jar of SomaPet in the mail. It wasn't a treat. It wasn't a toy. But it intrigued me. The label said it was some sort of supplement. My owner takes supplements to keep healthy so why shouldn't I?
Here I am trying to figure out what my newest product was.
This is the little sample jar. You'll get a much bigger jar when you order SomaPet.
So trying SomaPet seemed to be a good thing to do. I checked out the company because if I am going to take a supplement, it better be a good one!

I found out that SomaLife, the parent company of SomaPet, has been around since 1998. Back then,  SomaLife,  an internationally renowned nutraceutical company, was formed. They began creating some of the finest quality products for people to improve brain health, athletic performance, and more. 

So what was this stuff in the jar and would it help me be healthier? I read more... SomaPet is a specific combination of amino acids for pets. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and constitute an essential part of an animal’s diet.

Sometimes our food doesn't provide everything we need. SomaPet is a proprietary combination of organic, pure free-form crystalline amino acids that encourage the production of additional healing, repair, and growth factors that jumpstart your pet’s natural processes of cell repair and regeneration.

It is an all-natural, vegan, whole food supplement specifically designed to deliver optimal nutritional support to your pet. It is helpful in providing a healthier skin and coat, a reduction in body fat, and renewed vigor and vitality. 

Well, I, Cinnamon, was having a problem with flaky skin, a not so shiny coat and I laid around a lot. Maybe it was that I am a hound but maybe I could use a little something to improve my diet.

So I decided it would be good to try. But how would it taste? SomaPet is in a powder form and can be easily mixed with a dog’s usual meal. We just sprinkled it on my food. It was just a small amount. I didn't really taste it.  

I got one teeny scoop per day on my evening meal. The folks at SomaPet say your pet should take one scoop per day if the pet weighs up to 50 pounds and 2 scoops per day if over 50 pounds. I think I am just about 48 pounds now because I lost some weight!
So how do I look?
I've been taking the supplement for about four weeks now. I feel good, I still like my food and, you know what? My coat seems much shinier and my skin isn't flaky any more.

Oh yes, SomaPet is for CATS too!
Only time will tell if I am getting more spring in my step. But for now, I'm pretty happy with SomaPet!

Love, Shiny Cinnamon

Where You Can Learn More About SomaPet
Where You Can Get SomaPet

This post is sponsored by SomaPet and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I, Cinnamon, am being compensated for helping spread the word about SomaPet, but Coonhound Tales only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. SomaPet is not responsible for the content of this article.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cinnamon Goes Hawaiian

Here I am all decked out in my lei and resting on Monica's blanket!
Well, in keeping with the story about the dogs from Maui, I decided to make an appearance at the Ho'ike and Hawaiian Festival in Vancouver's Esther Short Park. I joined some friends, old and new, with a Meet-up group. They don't allow dogs in Meet-up groups but I think Monica might let me in as an "auxiliary member."

Brian is a new friend of mine.
He has two dogs of his
own but they didn't come to the festival so
he was nice to me!.
I was a little confused when I got my lei on and headed toward the park. I pulled in the direction of the Farmer's Market but was told we weren't going there today. I was disappointed.

We nosed around the park and I noticed lots of children, food booths and dancers. Things were looking interesting. So then we went to Starbuck's across the street where we were to meet our group. I got petted by Brian and Monica. But a lady at the next table got really scared of me and moved to another table. Wow! I am friendly to all people. I didn't understand that but she got really nervous.

At that point I just stood there and was very quiet. I didn't want to scare anyone. After all, I'm not a coyote or anything!

After about a half hour of standing and talking we finally went to the festival. I was hoping the food booths would give out samples but they didn't. We had fun looking around. I got hot in the sun so got some water.

Then Monica spread out some blankets that she brought. She was VERY nice to me and let me lie on one of the blankets. I took a little snooze. All the food smells were very enticing but I didn't get any. I think I'd like Hawaiian food, really!
Here's my friend Monica telling me to pose for the camera.
I wanted some Hawaiian Food... not more pictures!

We sat in the shade and talked. After that we decided to go home. I was happy to be home in the shade where I could stretch out and rest. 

I had fun at the Hawaiian Festival but would have had MUCH MORE FUN with one of those delicious Hawaiian food plates! Maybe next time Huh, guys?

Aloha, Cinnamon

Homeless Pets Fly from Maui to Portland and Arrive in Vancouver, WA to Seek Homes

Hi it's me, Cinnamon. I just found out something amazing. In Maui, where many people go for high end vacations, there is a shortage of homes for pets. What would you do if you were a dog, on an island, and all the caring homes were taken. Would you just live out your days in a shelter? I hope not! I am a shelter dog that had to live in a shelter for a couple of months before being adopted. I was lucky. Some Maui dogs and cats are not.

So I found out there is HELP for these animals. It is called Wings of Aloha and it's a program of the Maui Humane Society. Since there may be a better chance for the homeless pets to find homes here in the Pacific Northwest, they have developed a plan to FLY the pets HERE! Imagine, one day you are in the warm humid tropics and the next day you arrive at PDX and see mountains and tall Douglas Fir trees. What a change!
Kelo came from Maui to Vancouver. I wonder if I will see her at the dog park?

But it's all for the good. Recently five pets arrived in Portland and went to my home town of Vancouver. They were received by Tender Care Animal Rescue who will be seeking homes for them.
I hope Maui George finds a home soon!

The way the pets get here is amazing. Wings of Aloha partners with Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Both have direct routes here. If a person from this area is vacationing in Maui and is returning on a non-stop flight they can help out. All they do is let the dog or cat (I prefer dogs, of course) ride on their ticket. The vacationer just contacts the Maui Humane Society and they take care of everything. There is no cost for the vacationer and they really don't have to do anything.

The pet rides in the special pet section of the luggage compartment and once, they land, the receiving agency here just picks up the happy pet and, of course, takes them outside for a bit and then off to their shelter or foster homes.
I think I need to tell Giselle that she can't wear that pink lei here in the Northwest!
Go get some Columbia Sportswear, Giselle... you'll need it!

My owner is going to be writing about all the details, but in the meanwhile if you are flying Maui to PDX you can get more information here.Wings of Aloha sends animals to other places too via these direct flights so before you vacation in Maui check out your flight to see if you can help a homeless animal like I used to be. 
Aloha... Love, Cinnamon

Thursday, July 24, 2014

An open letter to the coyotes in the woods behind my house

Every night. Yipping, howling and obnoxious sounds break the silence of the night. Every night, I wake up my owner to investigate. The result? Not enough sleep for Cinnamon. So here goes....

Dear Coyotes:

I'm tired of being awakened at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Your hours are not compatible with my sleeping hours which are 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.  I just don't like you guys. You are noisy. You smell. And you are too close to my backyard fence. Too close!

I'm on to you. I know where you live. Today I went by the entrance to the woods. It has a chain across it but the "do not trespass" sign is on the ground. I CAN GET YOU! I know where your den is and I know you sleep during the day.

If you don't stop bothering me, I'm going to OUT YOU TO THE AUTHORITIES. I'll give you three days to get out of town.

I'm putting you on notice. WE DON'T LIKE YOUR KIND HERE!  Only civilized suburban dogs who sleep at night are welcome. GO AWAY! VAYA!

Signed, Cinnamon the sleepy coonhound